I would like to introduce you to Marilyn Seltzer, a friend and Career Coach in the Aspen schools. Marilyn is passionate about helping to guide high school students towards a prosperous and happy future.
I believe in the unique power of all teenagers; their curiosity, imaginations, creativity and boundless energy. If I can unlock their potential with basic self-knowledge tools and open their eyes to their amazing gifts that can impact, then I have done my job—which is why I spend many days at Aspen and Basalt High Schools co-teaching a new class for Juniors called Discovery.
Discovery introduces Juniors to the ideas of College, Career, and practical ACT test taking techniques. As a certified career coach, I teach the self-knowledge and career portions of this class.
Fear and anxiety steam from the unknown. I have noticed that sixteen year olds typically don’t have a clue what the world of work really looks like, much less how or where they might fit in. The future seems mysterious and far away. Why? This does not have to be.
Frustration, stress, and anger all come from things we feel we have no control over. Students do not have a whole lot of choice and creativity while completing their high school requirements. Have any of you ever met a frustrated and angry teen? Yes, it is their stage in life, but Im hoping to open their perspectives to a more exciting future, one that engages and empowers them and gives them purpose.
My goal in Discovery (Career) is to: inspire teens to pursue a dream, give them the knowledge to understand how to realistically go after it, and the wisdom to make strategic well thought out choices that will lead them to a fulfilling future. I teach them that this exploration is a Practice, it takes Action; their Action. I challenge them to start now.
Purpose with engagement = long-lasting contentment. This is a future I would like to see for our children. It takes a village—–which is why all students must engage with someone in their community who is doing something they think is pretty cool. The Roaring Fork Valley is an amazing community filled with spectacular people and creativity. We tap into our community.
I am always looking for new ideas and better ways to reach teenagers. I will almost never say no to a cup of coffee/tea to discuss this subject. Invite me to tea. Email [email protected]
This is why I wake up happy every day to do my job!
Bio: Marilyn Seltzer – is a certified career coach and consultant. Marilyn works with adults and students empowering them to understand their greatest skills, talents, and interests which enables them to identify and obtain careers they crave and are excited to wake up to.?
Additionally, Marilyn has a passion for teaching high school students how to get excited about their futures, how to make informed, meaningful, and conscious choices as they approach their college and career transitions. You will often find Marilyn teaching in the classrooms of Aspen and Basalt High Schools inspiring kids to take an active role in their futures. She always has a smile on her face when working with teenagers.
Marilyn is living out her dream in Snowmass Village, Colorado with her husband and two children.